Australian secondary studies

2017 NSW HSC students

Admission to most tertiary courses is based on your selection rank (your ATAR + bonus points).

In addition to the selection rank, some courses specify course prerequisites (eg completing, or achieving a specified standard in, a particular HSC course), which you have to satisfy before you can be considered for an offer.

Most universities also use other criteria when selecting students. Some courses have additional selection criteria such as a personal statement, a questionnaire, a portfolio of work, an audition, an interview or a test, which are considered together with (or sometimes instead of) your selection rank.

You can find details of any prerequisites or additional selection criteria in the course descriptions via the course search.

Bonus points

Institutions may allocate bonus points for a particular course. Your selection rank for that course will be your ATAR + bonus points. As the bonus points schemes for each institution, and often for each course, are different, your selection rank can be different for each course you list in your course preferences.


Cut-offs indicate the lowest selection rank required by most Year 12 applicants accepted for entry into a course. They don't represent the average ability of the students accepted for the course.

Your selection rank = ATAR + bonus points. This means some applicants may receive an offer to a course even though their ATAR is below the cut-off.

Cut-offs for entry in 2017 won't be known until selection is actually made during the offer rounds. Therefore, course search shows the courses available in 2018 and the cut-offs that Year 12 applicants needed for entry into each of those courses in January 2017. These cut-offs only give you an indication of the possible cut-offs for entry in 2018. They are supplied as a general guide to help you assess your chances of getting into a particular course and decide on your preferences.